Day 1: One-day Luang Prabang Tour
Today, we will take a deep exploration of Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Laos. Buddhism has flourished here since the old times, endowing this town with many distinctive Buddhist temples. This morning, our guide will meet you at the hotel lobby at the appointed time and then take you to appreciate some renowned temples.
As the first destination of your private Luang Prabang tour package, Wat Sene, also known as the Temple of 100,000 Treasures, is a Thai-style temple built of golden and red tiles. Later, we will take you to the grandest and best-known Wat Xiang Thong where Lao usually hold ceremonies during the New Year from April 13th to 16th. This temple fully shows the local architectural features with steep three-layer roofs and golden bas-reliefs carved on the black walls. The famous "Tree of Life" inlaid with colorful jewels and glasses can be found on the outside wall of the main hall. Notably, there is also the Royal Funeral Chapel which preserves various cinerary urns, burial objects, and traditional puppets. Gilded carvings on the outside wall are fascinating as well and illustrate stories in the Ramayana vividly.
Afterwards, our guide will accompany you to take a boat to the Pak Ou Caves. En route, we will stop by Ban Xang Hai Village, also known as "the Whiskey Village". There you can taste the Lao-Lao, a Laotian rice wine, and watch the process of making it. Upon arrival at Pak Ou Caves, you can find thousands of Buddha statues worshiped in the caves. During the return trip to the downtown area, we will take you to visit another village, Ban Phanom, which is famous for the traditional skills of hand-woven crafts.
Later, we will drive you to Wat Visoun, the most prosperous and oldest temple in Luang Prabang. Its construction work was ordered by King Visounnarath and completed in 1513. You can also find the Stupa of Great Lotus standing in this temple, which is also known as "the Watermelon Stupa" because of its unique appearance. Then follow our guide to tour around the nearby Wat Aham.
Afterwards, we'll head for Wat Mai, where an emerald Buddha statue is enshrined. The ornate pillars and golden bas-reliefs of the front porch are quite impressive. These reliefs depict Buddhist legends, country life of Laos, and stories from Ramayana.
After that, our guide will lead you to visit the Royal Palace Museum which combines the architectural styles of Laos and France together. It was built in 1904 and served as the emperors' bedchamber till 1975. Nowadays, this grand palace becomes a national museum, displaying various royal religious ornaments and valuable Buddha statues collected from India, Cambodia, and Laos. You can also see a statue of the King Sisavang Vong, the first king of the Kingdom of Laos (1945 - 1975), as well as a golden standing statue of Prabang Buddha. This enchanting town was named after this golden Buddha. Our guide will accompany you to appreciate this historic site in detail.
Your private Luang Prabang day tour will end here. Our driver will escort you back to the hotel. We hope this short trip brings a lot of fun to your vacation. If you'd like to extend your Laos tour, we will be willing to provide you more detailed information.
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- Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
- Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
- Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicle.
- Service of English speaking guide in every location.
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
- One meal as mentioned in the itinerary.
- International flight into and out Laos.
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
- Personal travel insurance.
- Compulsory dinner if any.
- Laos Visa Fee.
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